In response to the clamor for assistance given the Philppine government’s so-called “war on drugs” in 2016, the PAP created a task force on Drug Recovery. In its planning session, the task force identified the three main needs and directions, namely, 1) advocacy and education on drug use, 2) training, and 3) outreach. The Assessment Psychology Division organized workshops on screening and assessment of substance use disorders in Manila and Bacolod City.
In collaboration with local communities, a needs analysis of drug users who had come forward due to the government’s “war on drugs” program was conducted. This resulted to a community-based drug recovery intervention called “Katatagan Kontra Droga sa Komunidad (KKDK).” This intervention consists of six modules focused on building drug recovery skills, another six modules on life skills, and three on family modules. The drug recovery modules include the following: 1) Understanding drug use, 2) Importance of Change, 3) Managing cravings, 4) Avoiding external triggers, 5) Saying ‘No’, and 6) Adopting a healthy lifestyle. The six life skills modules include the following: 1) Managing thoughts and emotions, 2) Relating to others, 3) Rebuilding relationships, 4) Problem solving, 5) Recognizing my strengths, and 6) Meaning making and looking to the future. The three family modules cover the following topics: 1) Understanding drug use, 2) Family and Drug Use, 3) The Family and Recovery. In 2017, the KKDK was piloted in partnership with selected cities and barangays. Community facilitators’ workshops were also conducted in Quezon City, Manila, Baguio City, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City, Bohol, San Juan City and Nueva Vizcaya.
Pilot-testing and evaluation is also ongoing with partner local government units (LGUs). The PAP also partnered with Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, and the University of Sto. Tomas to host a walk through workshop on the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders.